CHARLESTON – Two lawsuits have been filed against New Beginnings Drug Treatment Center for failing to pay the plaintiffs’ final wages in a timely manner.

New Beginnings Foundation Inc.; William Mucklow; Ethel Fleming; Dr. Sally Swisher; Maggie Farley; Dr. William “Gates” Linger; Anthony Pratt; Jessica Halstead; and Raymona Nesselrotte were also named as defendants in the suits.

Robert N. Meadows and Lorri J. Reed worked for the defendants as licensed practical nurses, according to two complaints filed Aug. 18 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

The plaintiffs claim their employments were terminated on May 4. The plaintiffs were not timely paid their final wages owed in full, as prescribed by the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act.

Following the plaintiffs’ separation from employment, the defendants had a duty to pay their final wages in full on or before the next regular payday on which the wages would otherwise be due and payable pursuant to West Virginia code, according to the suit.

The plaintiffs claim the defendants breached their duty by failing to pay them in a timely manner.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. They are being represented by Michael P. Addair and Todd S. Bailess of Bailess Smith.

The cases are assigned to Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey and Carrie Webster.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 17-C-1190, 17-C-1191

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